I’ve been doing a better job this year than I ever have catching all the films generating “Oscar buzz” -- (thank YOU, local theaters!) before the actual awards air, and starting this weekend, SIFF Cinema is making it super easy for me with period pieces galore.
Their Awards Buzz Benefit Screenings package starts on Sunday, 11/22 at 2pm with A Single Man. This early 60s drama about a gay man (Colin Firth) who loses his lover in a car crash and contemplates suicide is already gathering talk about Firth taking Best Actor, and about its attention to period detail. All I know is: Colin Firth AND Julianne Moore AND 60s clothes? I am. so. there.
Next up, Me and Orson Welles on Wednesday, 12/2 at 7pm. I’m not quite sure about this one, as “coming-of-age comedy” doesn’t usually resonate with me and I don’t consider Zac Effron to have mad acting skillz, but hey, at least he’s not the one playing Welles (supposedly impressive newcomer Christian McKay is). The plot focuses on Welles’ directing days at the Mercury Theater and a young actor (Effron) in his 1937 adaptation of Julius Caesar.
And last, The Young Victoria, Sunday, 12/13 at 3:30 pm. Emily Blunt is gathering praise all over the place for her portrayal of the famous lady who ascended to the throne almost overnight. Supposedly as non-Hollywood as you can get with a costume drama, the ensemble cast packs a (British) punch with Miranda Richardson, Paul Bettany and Jim Broadbent -- and let’s be honest, I’ll be there just for the costumes.
Films are $10 each or you can grab a series pass to all 3 for a discounted $25, with all proceeds going to benefit SIFF -- so you can support your Oscar habit and local cinema at the same time, people.
In anticipation of Martin and Baldwin hosting,
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